Embassytown Hardcover – 17 May 2011
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PRAISE FOR CHINA MIeVILLE Kraken "The stakes [are] driven high and almost anything can happen. The reader is primed for a memorable payoff, and Mieville more than delivers."--"San Francisco Chronicle" The City & The City "If Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler's love child were raised by Franz Kafka, the writing that emerged might resemble . . . "The City & The City.""--"Los Angeles Times " Perdido Street Station "Compulsively readable . . . impossible to expunge from memory."--"The Washington Post Book World" The Scar "A fantastic setting for an unforgettable tale . . . memorable because of Mieville's vivid language [and] rich imagination."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer "Iron Council "A masterwork . . . a story that pops with creativity."--"Wired " Un Lun Dun "Endlessly inventive . . . [a] hybrid of "Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz "and "The Phantom Tollbooth.""--Salonk." -"New Y -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
The enthralling new novel from the award-winning author of Kraken and The City & The City -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.See all Product Description
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Set on a human colony, on an alien planet, right at the end of everywhere, it is narrated by Avice, a cool-headed space sailor who has returned to show her new husband her very odd home world. The aliens whose world Avice was born on are very.. alien, something Miéville conveys well by not describing them. It's not just their physiology that is strange, or their technology of "biorigging", making buildings, machines, everything from live flesh. The oddest thing is their language - or as it is rendered, Language. It would be a shame, and spoil some of the careful revelation that Mieville uses to draw his reader in, to say much about how it is produced or what humans need to do to speak it, but one feature he makes clear from the start is that the natives of this planet - the Host - cannot lie. Their Language does not allow it. So when a cult of would-be liars springs up, it is a matter of concern, and the repercussions of this seem to be shaping up to the climax of the book - until Miéville deftly twists his plot and everything changes. The crisis we thought was coming is suddenly unimportant, and a much worse threat arises.Read more ›
Once we are familiar with Embassytown and how it works -its links with the Host aliens, its bubble of breathable air, its upper class of Ambassadors (fully identical, linked, doppels/twins)- a paradigm shift happens and everything goes to pot. The society that was built up faces a major catastrophe and descends into desperation and barbarism and war. The book is about the people who carry on trying to keep things running in the face of likely destruction. It's about how there will still be factions and politicking even in the face of disaster.
In another world, Areika the home of many life forms, we follow the story of Avice. Avice has returned to her homeland of Embassytown after spending many years as an immerser in the `immer', a substance or lack of substance that can send you from star to star "the sea of space and time below the everyday". As she returns at the bequest of her new husband Scile, a man of language, this leads her to look back from her childhood onwards and an event with The Hosts, a species who cannot lie, that made her literally become a story in the Areika consciousness that helps them bend the truth in the future. However on her return she finds that the homeland she knows is changing under the new rule of the Ambassador EzRa and something sinister has started and that something truly awful lies ahead, but in order to stop it Avice is going to have to do something that is almost impossible.
That is possibly the easiest, though by no means best, way of trying to describe the way the book starts. It's hard to say more without giving away too much plot or discussing how Mieville throws in some unexpected, and often rather weird, twists as the book moves on.Read more ›
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I have found the central idea quite interesting: humans are trying to communicate with aliens incapable of lying who speak a language that requires two voices. Read morePublished 2 months ago by matteo
Avice, a human, has been brought up on a planet at the far end of the universe whose native inhabitants (the Ariekes) are friendly, but _so_ alien that communication with them is... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bob Ventos
I got this out of the library yesterday afternoon.
According to a quote inscribed across the front cover, "Embassytown is a fully achieved work of art" - per... Read more
I started this book and was ready to throw it away after the first third of the story but really enjoyed it by the end.Published 9 months ago by Mr A.
great book, really enjoyed reading this book and have now read all of China's books.
Imaginative writing that works for me
I chose this book for my book group as I love China Mieville and i wanted other people to also fall in love with his books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cartoon Hazard
Only half way through it, but so far its been enjoyable. A bit slow to start but now the plots kicked in I'm starting to enjoy the book more. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Polly